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Australia's longest, most expensive divorce comes to an end – 12 years and $35 MILLION in legal fees later

December 6, 2017 12:50 AM
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An ex-husband and wife have finally settled their divorce after spending $35 million and 12 years – almost as long as they were married – battling over their fortune.

The former couple, known as Mr and Mrs Strahan, have been at war with each other since divorcing in 2006.

Family Court Judge Paul Cronin delivered his judgement in the nation's longest-running divorce case last month, despite Mrs Strahan's request for another adjournment, according to The Australian.

An Australian couple have finally settled their divorce after spending $35 million and 12 years – almost as long as they were married – battling over their fortune (stock image)

'After 12 years of waiting, and at huge expense, the husband is ­entitled to have the matter concluded,' Judge Cronin said.

Mrs Strahan, who met her ex-husband in the late 80s and married in 1994, employed the help of lawyers from 15 different firms during the lengthy battle over assets.

Mrs Strahan previously asked for $278,000 a week in spousal maintenance - $70,760 of which would go toward caring for their autistic adult son, The West Australian reported.

Their son, who was described in court documents as 'a little prince', also suffers from anxiety, insomnia, seizures and Lyme disease, his mother said.

A team carers accompany him full-time, including a security guard, a personal chef and autism experts.

Mr Strahan, who gave Mrs Strahan a lump sum of $7 million when they separated in 2005, has been funding his son's care for years.

Judge Cronin decided that because Mr Strahan entered the relationship with various successful businesses in Asia and Australia and a weekly income of $90,000, he was entitled to keep a bigger chuck of their fortune.

Mr Strahan was awarded $38 million in assets and his Swiss chalet, the publication reported.

Mrs Strahan was awarded five properties and cash, valued at $11 million. She had previously received $13 million.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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